Monthly Archives: May 2007

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Responds to Avandia Report

Statement from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists regarding The New England Journal of Medicine article, "Effect of Rosiglitazone (Avandia) on the Risk of Myocardial Infarction and Death from Cardiovascular Causes."

Cutting Calories, Not Exercise, Plays Bigger Role in Maintaining Weight Loss

New research suggests that for those who have been successful at losing weight, reducing calories is an effective way to keep weight off, especially when it is difficult to find time to exercise.

Grain Fiber and Magnesium Intake Associated with Lower Risk for Diabetes

Higher dietary intake of fiber from grains and cereals and of magnesium may each be associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a report.

Sleep Apnea May Increase Risk of Diabetes

Researchers have found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea are at increased risk for developing of type 2 diabetes, independent of other risk factors.

To Get Blood Pressure Under Control, Combination of Medicines May Be Best

Single-tablet combinations of drugs may be what it takes to get blood pressure under control, even in people with moderate hypertension.

Obesity Increases Risk of Injury on the Job

Having a body mass index (BMI) in the overweight or obese range increases the risk of traumatic workplace injury.

Mediterranean Diet Halves Risk of Progressive Lung Disease (COPD)

A Mediterranean diet halves the chances of developing progressive inflammatory lung disease (COPD), reveals a large study.

Employee Health Program Improves Blood Pressure, Diabetes Control

Employees who participated in a worksite health program improved blood pressure control by 9 percent and diabetes control by 15 percent, researchers reported.

Long-Term Anti-Clotting Therapy Sweetens Stenting Outcomes in Diabetic Patients

The study found that regardless of whether clogged coronary arteries were propped open with a drug-eluting or bare metal stent, diabetic patients were more likely to enjoy continued good health if treatment was continued for more than 6 months.

ACE Inhibitors Help Preserve Kidney Function In IgA Nephropathy

For young patients with the kidney disease IgA nephropathy (IgAN), early treatment with angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors can reduce the long-term risk of irreversible kidney damage.

Surprising Stem Cell Findings Points to Shift in Quest for Novel Diabetes Treatments

Diabetes researchers, investigating how the body supplies itself with insulin, discovered to their surprise that adult stem cells, which they expected to play a crucial role in the process, were nowhere to be found.

How Insulin-Producing Cells Develop; New Finding Could Help Fight Against Diabetes

A key aspect of how embryos create the cells which secrete insulin is revealed in a new study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Low-Glycemic Load Diet May Be More Effective For Dieters With Certain Insulin Response Patterns

Overweight individuals who secrete insulin at a higher level may experience greater weight loss by selecting a low-glycemic load diet, compared to a low-fat diet, according to a study.

Quality Improvement Effort Pays Off in Diabetes Care

Spending money to improve diabetes care at federally qualified community health centers is a sound investment, according to one of the first studies to examine the clinical and economic impact of quality improvement on diabetes care.

FDA Issues Safety Alert on Avandia

The FDA is aware of a potential safety issue related to Avandia (rosiglitazone), a drug approved to treat type 2 diabetes. Safety data from controlled clinical trials have shown that there is a potentially significant increase in the risk of heart attack and heart-related deaths in patients taking Avandia.

Tart Cherries May Alter Heart/Diabetes Factors

Tart cherries may be good for more than just making pie, according to new data from a study, such as lower total cholesterol, lower blood sugar, and less fat storage in the liver.

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